Possibly my single best morning ever on safari was in the Selinda, in northern Botswana in late May 2006.
We had been watching some wild dogs the evening before and set out extremely early one morning to see if we could catch them in the middle of a hunt. By the time we found them they had already made an impala kill, and were mobile through heavy bush. My guide had a good idea...
The main photo was published in the Summer 2007 edition of BBC Wildlife
Leopard Climbing Tree
Leopards are often the most elusive of big cats but a week in the Okavango Delta (Moremi Game Reserve and the Chitabe concession) proved to be the exception to the rule, as we saw no less than eight different individuals.
Possibly the highlight was the nearly eight hours I spent with this young leopardess. She was rumoured to have one-month old cubs hidden away so we trailed her in order to see if she would lead us back to them. Unfortunately she never did, but we did get a great view of her clambering up and down a fig tree in order to feed on the impala buck she had stashed away
Meerkats are amongst the most adorable creatures on the planet.
One glorious morning in the Mkgadikgadi Pans in eastern Botswana in May 2006 gave me the opportunity to study and photograph a family of wild meerkats as they went through their morning routine of scanning for predators, grooming and playing... more